How do I keep my focus on Jesus amid distractions?

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(Matthew 14:22–36)

In the first of the Ten Commandments, God commanded the Israelites to serve him exclusively because he was worthy of their trust, as he had proved by delivering them from Egypt. Later, just before Moses died and the Israelites entered the promised land, God inspired Moses to remind the people of their single-minded calling.

God’s people needed to submit fully to his authority and believe he could provide all they needed. It’s this kind of trust that Jesus calls us to demonstrate as his disciples.

Unfortunately, Jesus’ disciple Peter had a bit more trouble retaining his single-minded focus when he was met with distraction. Peter’s experience is a good reminder of how we are to think about Jesus, and keep our eyes on him, even when our thoughts get sidetracked or we feel frightened. (See Matthew 14:22-36).

KEY VERSE

But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. (Matthew 6:33)

KEY IDEA

I focus on God and his priorities for my life.

KEY APPLICATION: What difference does this make in the way I live?

We set goals informed by God’s agenda and will. We don’t ask God to bless our plan but to bless my alignment to his plan. We trust God to meet our needs and desires.

Taken from NIV Believe

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